By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — If Texas coach Mack Brown was looking for sympathy when he complained about the time commitment and access he has to give to the Longhorn Network, he won’t receive any from Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
“I’ll promise you this: I have not watched 30 seconds of it before their game or after. Nobody in my building has watched it, at least not my coaches,” Stoops said following Wednesday’s practice. “Other than that, I guess it’s a deal of be careful what you wish for; it’s one of my favorite sayings.
“In the end, we didn’t find any need to watch it, and I still wouldn’t even know where to go to look for it.”
Brown complained on Monday that having to do three shows a week for the ESPN-owned network is time-consuming and having the first 30 minutes of each practice airing live on the network puts Texas at a disadvantage.
OU has it’s own television deal — Sooner Sports TV Powered by Fox Sports — that launched last month. It differs from the Longhorn Network in that it isn’t a 24-hour channel devoted to all things Oklahoma. OU provides Fox Sports with 1,000 hours of programming a year and it is spread over several Fox Sports channels.
Stoops said his workload hasn’t increased due to the deal. The only difference is his Monday press conference and Tuesday radio show are now televised as well.
“Actually, they’ve made my coaches show shorter,” he said. “I don’t have to wait through all the commercials, so it’s about 15 minutes less.”
Stoops hasn’t complained about the Longhorn Network since it began in 2011. He joined all the Big 12 Conference’s coaches in objecting to it being able to show high school games. That issue was resolved last year.
Stoops even saw something positive with the network. It had to show repeats of the Sooners’ 62-21 victory over Texas throughout the week.
“I guess that’s good for us,” he said.
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